OConor, Charles

Southern sympathizer, counsel for Jefferson Davis’ treason trial, helped bring down Boss Tweed & the Tweed Ring 1871-75, 1872 “Straight-Out Democrats” presidential nominee

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(1804-1884) Irish-American New York City lawyer, “Bourbon Democrat” candidate in the 1872 US presidential election. Admitted to the bar at 20, In 1869 he was elected president of the New York Law Institute. He took a prominent part in the prosecution of Boss Tweed and members of the "Tweed Ring” which began in 1871, and eventually destroyed the Tweed Ring at the height of its power in New York City. O’Conor declined any compensation for his services in the Tweed cases. In 1848 he became a member of the Directory of the Friends of Ireland, organized in anticipation of a rising in Ireland, and presided at some of the meetings that year. In 1848, he was also the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York, but was defeated. In 1852, he was a Democratic presidential elector voting for Franklin Pierce. He was US Attorney for the Southern District of New York 1853-54. He supported the States' Rights Democrat and sympathized throughout the Civil War with the southern states. After the War he became senior counsel for Jefferson Davis on his indictment for treason. He also appeared upon Davis's bond when the latter was admitted to bail. These facts and his Roman Catholic faith unfavorably affected his political fortunes. In the 1872. presidential election, O'Conor was nominated for the presidency by the "Bourbon Democrats" or "Straight-Out Democrats", who refused to support Horace Greeley, and by the "Labor Reformers". He declined the nomination but received 21,559 votes, losing to Republican incumbent President Grant. In the 1876 electoral contest, he advocated for the claims of Samuel J. Tilden before the Electoral Commission. He is entombed in St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, New York. Signed 2 x 3 ½ gilt-edged card with scalloped corners

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